Pastor Robert Earl Houston, 57, is the senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Frankfort, KY, where he has served since April 1, 2009. He is the seventeenth senior pastor in the 184 year history of our church.
Pastor Houston served as the Assistant Pastor of the Westwood Baptist Church, University Center, in Nashville, Tennessee, Pastor Barton Elliott Harris, Senior Pastor, prior to his arrival. He was called to First Baptist on Thursday, February 12, 2009, moved to Frankfort on March 17, 2009 and began his pastoral duties on April 1, 2009.
He has been described as a "builder" and one who "fosters fellowship for the good of the masses." As a result, he has been elected to serve as the Secretary-Treasurer and Chairman of the Frankfort/Franklin County Ministerial Association and for the past seven years, he has been the chairman of the City-Wide Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Memorial Service, which has grown expotientally.
He has travelled throughout the United States in preaching and teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He has participated in the City-Wide Revivals in several cities, including Gary, Indiana, Newark/New York City area and has preached for various groups across the nation.
Denominationally he is also Chairman and Layout Artist of the Publishing Board of the General Association of Baptists in Kentucky which produces the American Baptist newspaper; Member of Central District Baptist Association; Immediate Past President of the Kentucky State Convention of PNBC; Former Webmaster of National Missionary Baptist Convention of America, PNBC, and WHW Ministries; He has held membership in all four of the traditional National Baptist conventions and Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship.
Ministerially he has served as Associate Minister of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church and Administrative Assistant of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, both of Portland, Oregon; Pastor of Greater St. Stephen Baptist Church (Portland); Pastor of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church (Fresno, CA), and New Hope Friendship Baptist Church (San Diego, CA). He has served as a full-time evangelist and Senior Project Manager for Morris Cerullo World Evangelism.
He is the author, "See You In The Morning," which was featured at the Kentucky Book Fair in 2015. His writings have appeared in Gospel Today magazine, The National Baptist Union-Review, Morehouse Senior Essays, and most recently was one of 12 authors in “Precepts for Living - Pastors Edition” published by UMI/Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship. He is the creator of the internationally read blog, "The Wire" at www.roberthouston.org. He has awarded “Man of the Year” by the Frankfort/Franklin County NAACP. He has been awarded the Keys of the City from Lexington, Kentucky and Fresno, Calfiornia. He was honored with "Pastor Robert Earl Houston Day" and "Pastor of the Year" in San Diego, California. He has been honored by the Governors of Kentucky (Kentucky Colonel) and Arkansas (Arkansas Traveler) with their highest civilian honors. He has been honored by the General State Baptist Convention of North Carolina.
He is married to Jessica G. Houston, formerly of Sacramento, CA and they reside in Frankfort, Kentucky. He is a cancer survivor having fought and prayed successfully against melanoma in 2013 and is an advocate for African-American males to get annual medical check-ups. The Houstons have one cat, “Coco.”